Hozier, Christy Moore, Glen Hansard, Mundy – they all began their careers at Whelan’s, Dublin’s premier live music venue. This Wexford Street institution draws a mix of old-school music heads and hip yopros who come for the jubilant atmosphere and stellar, indie-centric programme. Head to the back room, where two DJs are usually on hand, for the real craic.
Move over Berlin, Barcelona and Budapest, because Europe has a new party capital. Dublin, unfortunately, doesn’t follow the charming alliteration of that first sentence, but the patrons of the bars, pubs and clubs care little about that. They are too busy throwing shapes at an underground club or sean-nós dancing in a traditional pub. No matter your preference, the Irish capital will give you one of the best nights of your life.
Once the sun goes down, the atmosphere in Dublin changes. The tension of the workday is released, and conversation flows a little more freely. Putting together the perfect night in The Pale doesn’t require a huge amount of thought, simply fill up at one of the city’s best restaurants (check out the best of the best when it comes to Indian cuisine) and then settle in with a pint, cocktail, short or all three. Not at the same time, obviously, let’s not get carried away.
Scrap that, let’s get carried away with the ultimate guide to the best nightlife spots in Dublin.
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